I think it’s safe to say that at some point in life, you’ve aimed for perfection. You might be striving for all A’s, hoping for a cushy promotion or working for a dream body.At face value, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but perfectionism can become a struggle. Thankfully, there are ways you can take control. There are two types of perfectionism we’re discussing today: adaptive and maladaptive. Adaptive perfectionism involves obtainable goals, but maladaptive perfectionism is the type that can consume your life. You constantly try to reach for goals that you just can’t obtain.
Perfectionists should set time limits for tasks they are trying to complete. Procrastination is a habit of perfectionists, and if they set a deadline for a task, it allows them to be strict with time management. Set your timer, and when it goes off, move on to a different task.
If you’re feeling super critical of your work, get a friend to help you out. Gaining a second opinion from an outside source can help you receive the validation you need. Getting feedback from a trusted person allows you to see the positives instead of negatives.
Maladaptive perfectionism isn’t something that disappears easily. It will take time to get your perfectionism under control, but these tips are a simple way to do so. Check out tips on how to avoid procrastination and improve time management.